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Wilshere plays down Capello praise

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere says he is only concentrating on learning his trade with the Gunners after being told by Fabio Capello that he is "the future" of the England national side.

Wilshere on England

• Capello: Wilshere is the future

Capello bestowed the honour on Wilshere, 19, on Friday when revealing he would start the midfielder in England's friendly against Denmark on February 9. Wilshere has one England cap, having made a brief cameo against Hungary in August.

While he is proud to have been identified as a potential leading player by his international manager, Wilshere says his priority is continuing his education under Arsene Wenger.

"It is nice to hear, but at my age, I'm 19, I'm trying to push on with my career," Wilshere told ESPN. "I'm always learning in training and at this stage in my career it's important that I take things in and learn, and take every game as it comes."

Capello said that Wilshere will screen the back four, in a similar role to the one he plays for Arsenal alongside Alex Song. While Capello said the teenager was more technically gifted than former Chelsea star Claude Makelele, who came to define the position, Wilshere is not comparing his own performances to those of former greats.

"It would be an honour to play for my country, if I can, in any position I'd love to play for my country," Wilshere said. "I'm a midfielder and it's important to have the defensive side and attacking side.

"I'd like to be myself. Obviously it's great to be compared to players like Liam Brady and Claude Makelele - I've never been compared to Claude Makelele, that's a bit different - but it's great, I watched them as I was younger and they are great players. But at the end of the day I'd like to be myself."


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